iPhone Bluetooth calls auto transfer to speaker phone (iPhone 7 / 13.1.2)

TGB77

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When I'm connected to Bluetooth in my car, my calls automatically get routed to the iPhone's speaker phone, not to Bluetooth. To get it to go to Bluetooth, I have to press one of the three white bars on the phone which says Bluetooth. For example, while connected to Bluetooth, I say "Hey SIRI, call George", and I hear the Bluetooth audio saying "calling George on speaker", then it starts ringing on the iPhone's speaker phone rather than the Bluetooth system. If I say "Hey SIRI, call George on speaker", it still uses the speaker phone and if I say "Hey SIRI, call George on Bluetooth", it still uses the speaker phone.

I tried doing a 'forget Bluetooth' and re-establishing the Bluetooth, but that did not help.
I checked all settings on the phone and can't find anything which would control how calls are handled in this situation.

Prior to updating from 12.1.4 to 13.1.2, if I said "Hey SIRI, call George", it was immediately transferred to the Bluetooth and the call conducted on Bluetooth.

Does anyone have any clue what may be going on?
 

Lee_Bo

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Irrelevant, as it worked fine - as it's supposed to work - prior to the update from 12.1.4 to 13.1.2.

Have you tried wiping and setting up as a new device, just to make sure you have a 100% clean install of iOS 13?
 
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Have you tried wiping and setting up as a new device, just to make sure you have a 100% clean install of iOS 13?
Thanks for that idea. I'd rather steer away from that, as I don't know what wiping the phone clean and setting up as a new device will do.

I was finally able to get through to Apple tech support. I was still with 13.1.2 at the time. They said this was a known issue and was fixed with 13.1.3. But after installing 13.1.3, it was still exhibiting this problem. I have since escalated this with Apple and am currently awaiting their response.
 

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Thanks for that idea. I'd rather steer away from that, as I don't know what wiping the phone clean and setting up as a new device will do.

I was finally able to get through to Apple tech support. I was still with 13.1.2 at the time. They said this was a known issue and was fixed with 13.1.3. But after installing 13.1.3, it was still exhibiting this problem. I have since escalated this with Apple and am currently awaiting their response.


You could try resetting network settings. That will also clear out anything with Bluetooth.
 

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